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DbSNP 144 and GenBank

The National Center for Biotechnology Information said this week that human, chicken, soybean, and horse data from dbSNP build 144 is now available from the integrated NCBI Entrez system and via ftp. Additional details are available here.

The NCBI has also made two complete MERS coronavirus genomes from strains in China and South Korea available in GenBank. Additional details are available here.

The Scan

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Viral Integration Study Critiqued

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Giraffe Species Debate

The Scientist reports that a new analysis aiming to end the discussion of how many giraffe species there are has only continued it.

Science Papers Examine Factors Shaping SARS-CoV-2 Spread, Give Insight Into Bacterial Evolution

In Science this week: genomic analysis points to role of human behavior in SARS-CoV-2 spread, and more.